30 seconds interview: Chelou

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To step into the woozy world of instrumentalist and songwriter Chelou is to wrap your ears in finest feather down and acoustic dreaminess.

Combining elements of both folk and electronica, his blissed out sound forges new links between organic and electric.

After a couple of years working just below the radar, the introverted soloist embarks on a mammoth 18-date tour on 5 October, which will take him from Budapest to Bristol.

Ahead of the tour, he drops his ace new video for current track Damned Eye See on 18 September, and plays on Bestival’s Invaders of the Future stage this weekend.

We caught up with the PRS Foundation-funded artist just before he set off to learn more about his otherworldy sonic universe…

What was the first song you developed an obsession for?

Hard to pick one song. I basically only listened to Nirvana and Led Zeppelin from about 10 to 15 years old.

What’s the first gig you went to?

I’ve got a vague memories wondering around WOMAD festival when I was like three.

What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?

I used to sing a lot in school plays and things. After discovering guitar nothing else really mattered.

What is your worst musical habit?

My tongue sticks outs when I’m concentrating.

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?

Getting taught how to breathe by my vocal couch Rachel.

Where do you discover new music? 

I’ll get shown a new artist/album by a friend and obsess over it for a few months until I’m shown another!

What’s your favourite venue?

Mountain Stage at the Green Man Festival (if that counts as a venue) or the original 12 Bar in Denmark Street, before it got relocated.

Who is your current favourite band/artist?

I’m in love with Big Thief at the moment. Seeing them live was a highlight of the year!

What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?

My actions and relationships with people and the world.

What track of yours best represents your sound?

The Quiet really set a tone for me. Problem is, mostly the sounds I create are accidental so hard to recreate.

For tickets to Chelou’s upcoming live shows, please see http://chelouworld.com/tour.html


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